It turns out that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) is the culprit who cut "al Qaeda" and "terrorism" out of the talking points used by UN Ambassador Susan Rice after the Benghazi tragedy. According to CBS News, the White House and State department did not make the cuts.
Intelligence sources told CBS that the connections to Al Qaeda were thought too "tenuous" to include in the unclassified info shared with the public. The talking points were reviewed by DNI head James Clapper, whom Obama appointed, but it's not known who deleted the terrorism references.
Another senior official told CBS News that "the points were not, as has been insinuated by some, edited to minimize the role of extremists, diminish terrorist affiliations, or play down that this was an attack."
The controversy arose after Rice linked the Benghazi attack to a spontaneous protest over an anti-Muslim film, when in fact the violence was a premeditated act of terror.